WE ARE OPEN!
Located at 839 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, CA in North County San Diego.
Hours of Operation
Tuesday 9:00am - 2:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 2:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 2:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 2:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 1:00pm -- Monthly on the 2nd and 4th Saturday ONLY
The Straight From the Heart resource center features a wonderful secondhand resale shop filled with treasures donated by generous community members. All sales from our thrift store help cover our rent ($7,000 each month!) and other expenses related to the resource center. The store is open to the public and offers a wide variety of gently used or new clothing, shoes, toys, and accessories for children, teens, and adults.
A Selection for Children, Tween, Young Adult, Men & Women
We stock thousands of children's clothing, shoes, slippers, accessories, books, and toys at incredibly low prices. Our tween and young adult selection has dresses, pants, tops, graphic tees, hats, sports gear, belts, purses, and shoes. We carry a variety of home decor, housewares, glassware, jewelry, candles, seasonal costumes, and picture frames. Our adult section features jeans, active wear, casual wear, formal wear, sweaters, shoes, scarves, blouses, graphic tees, shorts, skirts, gloves and purses. Items are rotated seasonally and inventory changes often -- so we encourage regular visits!
We count on the fact that women buy lots and lots of clothing and keep the tags on them -- and never, ever wear them. We seriously love that! Just drive on by and donate your clothing to the shop and then you will have more room in your closet to buy more stuff. It's the cycle of life. Don't fight it.
Donations are accepted during store hours only, please do not leave items when store is unattended.
Foster families from all over San Diego County visit the shop regularly because they get children's clothing for 50 cents per piece and a 50% discount on all other merchandise. Foster children come with only the clothes on their backs and must be ready for school the next day! We depend on quality donations of children's clothing, pajamas, toys, shoe books, jackets, and pretty much anything else you see in your child's bedroom!
Ode to the Little Shop that Survived COVID-19
I’d like to tell a story of the Tiny Little Shop,
That helped some kids and moms and dads until they had to stop.
It started oh so long ago with blood, and sweat and tears,
It’s sad to know that it would end after serving 22 years.
We want you all to know about The Tiny Little Shop,
and how it came to live one day before it had to stop.
Hopefully, this story will not make you sad or cry,
Just know that all the love inside it’s walls will never die.
A group of women talked for days about what could be done,
To help support the children who from foster care had come.
They figured they would need some funds to make this dream come true,
So they put their heads together and decided what to do.
Brownies they sold at soccer games and people ate them up,
But the money the women gathered, barely filled a cup!
They did a market shopping game to earn some bigger bucks,
But sadly it barely made enough to fill a second cup!
These women would not be deterred until they did their thing,
A fundraiser did come their way and made them want to sing!
Now all the brownie baking, thankfully could stop
They finally had the money for The Tiny Little Shop!
So through the years the shop became a second home to all,
It truly was a refuge for all people big and small.
They built the things that they could give and kept an open door,
To welcome all the children who were truly at the core.
But a sadness came to town one day and no place was immune,
The sickness covered all the earth and left a giant wound.
The shop soon closed to keep all safe and sadness filled the air,
Soon it was clear without some help the shop would not be spared.
Tears were shed and hearts were torn at the thought of such a loss,
Sadness covered every person that they came across.
Things were moved out from the shop to empty all the shelves
The women worked to give the shop away to someone else.
Things can seem so dreadful in the middle of the night,
We forget with work and love that there is always light!
For nine long months the shop was closed the situation grave,
Through kindness, help, (countless hours writing grant proposals) and so much love,
THE LITTLE SHOP WAS SAVED!